SHREVEPORT, La. — After three days of light-hearted, fun-filled activities, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel and his team have officially set their game face.
Usually a coach empties the bench in the waning minutes of a blowout, allowing those relegated to mop-up duty, whether in a romp of a win or defeat, playing time and experience.
Becoming a Division I athlete is quite an accomplishment for a member of anyone’s family. But in Bil Duany’s family, it’s rather ordinary.
The Hickman boys’ basketball team lost Wednesday night in the second round of the 16-team Neosho Tournament, falling 73-56 to top seed Cypress, a top Texas team from Houston that boasts a 7-foot-2 center and a 23-2 record.
If members of the Missouri football team were worried about missing out on the festivities that Dec. 25 offers, they can rest easy.
LIBERTY — The second chair on the bench remained empty, the William Jewell College Cardinal logo glaring at the ceiling. Rock Bridge boys’ basketball coach Mark Scanlon finally sat down with four minutes to go in the game.
With almost a week to recover from the 32-point loss to Illinois last Wednesday, forward Marshall Brown found some resolution to his recent struggles during semester break back home in Texas.
ST. LOUIS — Interim coach or not, the buck stops at Joe Vitt’s door.
ST. LOUIS — Dallas goalie Johan Hedberg had a big game on offense and defense.
KANSAS CITY — Drawing dirty looks in the San Diego locker room was easy after Larry Johnson and the Kansas City Chiefs snuffed out the Chargers’ playoff hopes with a 20-7 victory Saturday.
ST. LOUIS — So who needs Reggie Bush? The San Francisco 49ers got a pair of big runs from backups in a victory over the St. Louis Rams.
ST. LOUIS — Outfielder Juan Encarnacion and second baseman Junior Spivey agreed to contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, two more parts of the team’s offseason rebuilding.
KANSAS CITY, — If anybody knows how to win in Arrowhead Stadium in December, it’s Donnie Edwards.
ST. LOUIS — This is the kind of season the St. Louis Rams have endured: Rookie cornerback Ron Bartell didn’t even dress for the first six games of the season and now he’s preparing for his sixth straight start.
LUTZ, Fla. James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tampa-area apartment early Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.
ST. LOUIS — Dee Brown was supposed to be in the NBA. He had entered his name into the NBA draft pool and was committed to at least seeing what happened.
ST. LOUIS — It’s hard to find many good things in Missouri’s 32-point loss to Illinois on Wednesday, but the play of sophomore Kalen Grimes offered some solace.
ST. LOUIS — Orlando Pace’s reward for another stellar season, a seventh straight Pro Bowl berth, eased the sting Wednesday of some critical comments directed at the St. Louis Rams’ entire offensive line by their interim coach.
Things will be far quieter when Missouri’s defense takes the field for the Independence Bowl against South Carolina on Dec. 30.